Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius)

Bed Bugs! The two words that will send chills down the spine of anyone that hears them. As we all know bed bugs are master hitchhikers and can be picked up just about anywhere. Restaurants, movie theaters, taxi cabs, schools, daycare centers, nursing homes, doctors offices, hospitals and yes they've even been found on new clothes hanging on the racks in stores. One of the biggest misconceptions is that a person has to be dirty in order to get them which could be the farthest from the truth, this is also one of the reasons they continue to be spread. But have no fear, we at Reed's Pest Control specialize in bed bugs in Columbus Ohio and surrounding areas. We also have treatment plan that is the first of its kind to be lab tested and proven to be a preventative treatment for bed bugs. So if something is keeping you up at night, give us a call to schedule your appointment. 


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Desription & Life Cycles of Bed Bugs

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Description

Bed bugs have oval and flat bodies. Their Color is reddish-brown. Their heads are short and broad. Adults are 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch. When adult bed bugs feed they swell slightly in size and also darken to a blood-red color

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Life cycle

Adults can normally live about a year or less. Bed bug reproduction is rapid as bed bugs breed inside year around, their ideal breeding temperature is between 70°-85°F. A fertilized adult female can lay 1-5 eggs per day(about 500 in her lifetime). These eggs will hatch in 7-10 days and from egg hatch to adult a nymph will go through five molts before it becomes an adult and this usually takes 1 1/2-2 months.

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Additional Information

Bed bugs can live several weeks or months without feedings. Adults and young can go with no feedings for 80-140 days. Adult bed bugs can go loner with no feeding than nymphs. Some adults have been known to live as long as 550 days with no feeding. Bed bugs can harbor just about anywhere other than the obvious mattress and box spring hiding spots. Nightstands, dresser drawers, bed frames, headboards, curtains & drapes, photo albums, shoe boxes, books, stuffed animals, textured ceilings, switch plates, lampshades all can be hiding spots. So eliminating clutter can be a great early detection plan as cluttered conditions give them more hiding and breeding spots. Staying away from taking in or buying used furniture will also help you avoid introducing them into your home. Re-infestation is also a big problem after having a treatment done. For the most part bed bugs have to be introduced, so if you find yourself with an issue and you are having a treatment done it is best if you try to avoid the most common areas they can be picked up at so you can be sure not to return to where they were picked up from in the first place. 

Desription & Life Cycles of Bed Bugs in Columbus